Friday, 22 February 2013

Tahini Chai Granola with Cranberries & Maple

Granola that contains chai, tahini and cranberries. I'm in heaven.
And if you make it, you'll be in heaven too.

Packed with fiber, fatty acids and a huge bundle of protein in the form of my faithful friend tahini, this granola will not only fill you up until lunch time, but will pack you full of nutrients and all the stuff you need to have a cracking day!

Once you see how easy it is to make granola at home, you won't bother paying out for the store bought version! Bonus - you know exactly what's in this, and there ain't no rubbish!

Recipe adapted from here
Makes a huge batch! At least 10 servings

3C jumbo oats
3/4C sunflower seeds
1/4C ground flax seeds
1/4C chia seeds
1/2C hazelnuts
1/2C brown linseeds
1 heaped tablespoon mixed spice
2 heaped tablespoons ground chai tea*
A dash of salt
1/2C tahini (unhulled is best)
1/3C pure maple syrup
3/4C dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 275 and line a large baking tray with grease-proof paper.
In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients (apart from the cranberries) and mix well. In a small bowl mix the tahini with the maple syrup until smooth and pour into the dry ingredients.
Mix well, until everything is evenly coated and the mixture is quite chunky.
Pour onto the baking tray and spread the granola mixture out evenly. Bake for 30mins in the center of the oven, stirring the mixture every 10mins to ensure an even crisp.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely. Once cooled stir through the cranberries and transfer to an airtight container to store.

Serve with your favorite dairy free milk or yogurt (or even ice cream if you're feelin' fancy) and a drizzle of agave or maple.
Enjoy xo

*I ground the tea from two chai tea bags in a pestle and mortar, but you could also use a coffee grinder.

-What's your favorite type of granola?

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